Volunteers play an essential role at WCRC. We cannot do it without you. Join us to help change the course of cancer in your community! Volunteer with us to provide information, resources, and emotional and practical support to women at risk for and diagnosed with cancer.
Volunteers provide many services:
- Information and referral to community resources
- Community health advocates (CHAs)
- In-home support for low income women
- Pro-bono psychotherapy for low income women
- Cancer education and healing arts workshops
- Administration: data entry, mailings, filing, office support, and grantwriting, fundraising and event assistance
The Volunteer Process
- Step 1: Complete the Volunteer Application
- Step 2: Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session
- Step 3: Participate in the Volunteer Training
Step 1: Complete the Volunteer Application
If you’d like to volunteer with WCRC, you first need to apply. Submit the online Volunteer Application, or complete the Volunteer Application (.doc) and return it to Audrey Shoji (firstname.lastname@example.org). Audrey will confirm receipt of your application and invite you to the next Volunteer Orientation Session.
Step 2: Attend a Volunteer Orientation Session
After applying, you must attend a Volunteer Orientation Session at WCRC where you’ll learn about us, the services volunteers provide, and volunteer requirements.
Our upcoming Volunteer Orientation Sessions will be held:
Tuesday, October 2, from 6:00-7:00 pm
Tuesday, December 4, from 6:00-7:00 pm
Step 3: Participate in Volunteer Training
Following your Volunteer Application and Orientation (required), you may be invited to participate in our 1-day Volunteer Training led by cancer experts, community partners, and staff. Assisted by client and volunteer panels, we’ll discuss and explore the basic biology of cancer, cultural humility, boundaries, confidentiality, self-care, and community resources.
Next Mandatory Volunteer Training:
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: WCRC office, 2908 Ellsworth St., Berkeley
Breakfast & lunch will be served.
For more information and to register, contact Audrey Shoji (email@example.com) / 510-809-0202
WCRC Volunteer Positions Available
- Information and Referral Helpline
2-3 hour shift/week (approximately 10 am-1 pm or 1 – 4 pm, Monday-Friday)
Volunteers conduct phone and drop-in intakes, develop care plans, recommend resources, answer questions, provide emotional support, make follow-up calls to those requesting ongoing support, and train incoming I&R volunteers. We also seek bilingual (Spanish/English, Mandarin/English, Cantonese/English, etc.) volunteers for this position.
- In-home Practical & Emotional Support
2-4 hours/week, times flexible, various locations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Volunteers are matched with a woman with cancer to provide weekly companionship, connection to resources at WCRC, emotional support, and/or basic practical help such as grocery shopping, errands, light housekeeping, and, if possible, accompaniment or transportation to medical appointments. Access to a car is extremely helpful but not required. Bi/Multi-lingual volunteers may also be matched with a client who prefers support in a language other than English.
- Programa Latino (must be fluent in Spanish)
6-8 hours/month, times vary.
Volunteers provide cancer navigation, emotional support, and education to Latina women in their own language and in support of their cultural values. Volunteers with training in medical interpretation may also volunteer with client support, or simultaneous interpretation at WCRC events and wellness workshops. Los voluntarios proporcionan navegación del cáncer, apoyo emocional y educación a mujeres Latinas en su propio idioma y mantienen sus valores culturales.
- Sister to Sister African-American Outreach
6-8 hours/month, times vary.
Sister to Sister volunteers offer welcoming support to African American women through cancer navigation, emotional support, cancer education workshops, wellness programs, and community outreach. Volunteers must be African-American or of African descent.
- Events and Community Outreach
Usually evenings and weekends, times vary.
Volunteers participate in tabling and outreach. Activities may include sharing and coordinating materials and information at community health fairs and street fairs, and assisting at WCRC fundraising and celebration events.
- Administrative/Office Support (must have admin/computer skills)
3-4 hours/week, (approximately 10 am – 1 pm or 1-4 pm, Monday-Friday)
Volunteers assist with administrative duties such as filing, copying, mailing, phone reception, inventory projects, record keeping, and general facility upkeep. Opportunities to help the Development Department with fundraising, event planning, and grant-writing are also available.
- Volunteer Psychotherapist
12 clinical hours over a number of months.
Join our cadre of psychotherapists – both licensed therapists and interns in private practice – in volunteering 12 sessions to a low-income woman or couple who are living with cancer. These sessions would take place in your private practice office. As part of the program you can choose to participate in an ongoing consultation group that meets every month on the first Wednesday of the month and our CEU program. This network of like-minded clinicians has become a consistent and supportive presence for our volunteer therapists, as well as in the lives we touch in the cancer care community. The regular consultation groups provide a highly valued opportunity for reflection on the challenges of working with women, living with cancer and death and dying. To become a member of the Women’s Cancer Resource Center’s Psychotherapy Program, please read the attached Membership Agreement / Contact Information form. Volunteers in this program need to attend the WCRC’s volunteer orientation but not the training.